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Cigarini hails Atalanta´s mental toughness

16 September 2012 17:13

Luca Cigarini believes his Atalanta team-mates' superior mentality helped them to their 1-0 away win against AC Milan on Saturday.

The midfielder's 64th-minute strike was enough for the minnows to pick up their first win of the season against a Milan side still looking for their first home victory of the campaign.

And the former Italy Under-21 international was also full of praise for his beleaguered opponents, despite saying his side deserved all three points.

"It was a well-fought, beautiful game. Both teams could have won," he told the Corriere dello Sport.

"We won because of our mental point of view. I think Milan played a great game. They had one or two clear scoring chances, but we were disciplined, and therefore deserved the win."

AC Milan's next game is against Anderlecht at San Siro as they kick off their Champions League campaign.

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Montolivo nearing return to training

14 September 2012 16:23

AC Milan star Riccardo Montolivo is eagerly anticipating his return to match action after a brief spell on the sidelines due to injury.

The Italy international picked up a hamstring problem in the San Siro side's 3-1 win over Bologna, and has since been working on his recovery.

"I am feeling much better now and can’t wait to get back. I am happy, because the injury is not as bad as it seemed at first," Montolivo told Milan Channel.

"Now we will evaluate the situation with the medical staff and decide the right moment to resume training with the full squad."

The former Fiorentina playmaker believes his side have the offensive firepower to mix it with any other Serie A side.

"When all of our players are fit and available, our strike force will be on a par with any of the other Italian teams," he explained.

Milan are preparing for the league match at home against Atalanta on Saturday.

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Serie A preview: Marchisio, Juve plot Genoa downfall

13 September 2012 22:43

Juventus' Claudio Marchisio looms as one of head coach Antonio Conte's main weapons ahead of the club's next Serie A fixture away to Genoa.

While Italy were lacklustre in their two World Cup qualifiers over the past week, Marchisio was one player who stood out, setting up a goal in each of his country's matches against Bulgaria and Malta.

The 26-year-old midfielder created Pablo Osvaldo's first goal in Italy's 2-2 draw with Bulgaria and then assisted Mattia Destro to score their side's fifth-minute opener in a 2-0 victory over Malta on Tuesday.

Marchisio has played in both of Juventus' first two matches of the new Serie A season and will be crucial in midfield alongside Andrea Pirlo and new-signing Kwadwo Asamoah when the reigning champions travel to Genoa on Sunday.

Conte should also have winger Mauricio Isla available for selection after the 24-year-old, who moved from Udinese with Asamoah during the European summer, started for Chile against Colombia on Tuesday after struggling with a knee injury since February.

Juventus lead Serie A after two rounds thanks to consecutive victories, while Napoli and Lazio also have 100 percent records so far and sit in second and third respectively on goal difference.

Napoli host Parma on Sunday and the visitors will have to be wary of the hosts' attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik, who has started the season in fine form.

Hamsik has hit two of Napoli's five goals so far this season, while the 25-year-old also created Slovakia's goal in their 1-1 draw with Lithuania last week.

Lazio head to Verona on Saturday to take on Chievo, while AC Milan will host Atalanta in the other early match of the round.

In a clash of two newly promoted sides on Sunday, fourth-placed Sampdoria can continue their fine start to the season when they take on Pescara, who sit 18th on the Serie A table.

In other Serie A action, Roma host Bologna, while Fiorentina will clash with Catania, Siena face Udinese and Torino take on Inter Milan.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +47 87
2 38 +37 78
3 38 +28 72
4 38 +28 70
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +15 62
7 38 +9 61
8 38 +4 56
9 38 -2 54
10 38 -1 49
11 38 -12 47
12 38 -15 45
13 38 -6 44
14 38 -8 42
15 38 -17 40
16 38 -9 39
17 38 -14 38
18 38 -20 32
19 38 -21 30
20 38 -57 22